Let's revisit Bumper Sticker Design 101, shall we? - The sticker should be legible from a distance. - The sticker should be legible while in motion. - The message should be succinct. - The message should be easy to grasp in a split-second. I was trying to change lanes on I-5 the other day and the pickup truck next to me wouldn't let me in. When I finally got behind him, I realized why: (Yes, I have an Obama 2008 sticker on my - wait for it - Subaru.) My first thought: is it a reference to the popular resort town of Bend, Oregon? Is the message a response to Obama's 2008 election, or a preview of the upcoming election? Is the bearer claiming that Obama is going to ream you? Or is it simply asking for help picking up some loose change off the floor? The pickup truck sticker is a crowdsourced deal from Cafe Press. Here's the latest "official" Republican version: [caption id="attachment_362" align="alignnone" width="350"] Oh hahaha! I get it! "Hope & Change" / "Hype & Blame"! CLEVER.[/caption] And this, apparently, is the Romney campaign's latest: [caption id="attachment_363" align="alignnone" width="545"] Hon, get me my reading glasses, wouldja?[/caption] Guys. Do we need to review Bumper Sticker Design 101 again?

I say "designed," because this is one of those "food" "products" which is surely the result of committees of corporate flavor profile engineers. It's not a food which is "prepared" from a "recipe." I'm not even sure it's food, quotation marks or not. My first encounter with Potted Meat came this past weekend when we were out longer than expected with the dog and needed to find him some food. The only shop in the vicinity was a sad, dusty little bodega. The shelves were nearly empty, widely spaced with the occasional home pregnancy test or bottle of Prell. Dog food was nowhere to be found, but I stumbled across a small stack of Potted Meat - quite possibly the most plentiful item in the shop. I expected raised eyebrows from the proprietor, but not over the fact that I presented a $5 bill for my $1.49 purchase. "You don't have smaller money?" he asked, peering over the counter into my wallet. After struggling to compute the correct change, he grudgingly added, "You take all my money!" And yet nothing about the disgusting product before us... The dog, of course, LOVED it. He's been very finicky ever since, no doubt longing for his pink, creamy, canned treat.

Enough pixels have been spilled lamenting the crappy design of Facebook’s Timeline. It’s right up there with Florida’s infamous Butterfly Ballot in terms of its ease-of-use. So I wasn’t going to bother posting about it here. Until I stumbled across this article in the new issue of FastCompany.

The Facebook Design All-Stars!

Hey, who’s that guy perched awkwardly on the edge of the grey thing?

Why, it’s Nicholas Felton, of Feltron! The designer responsible for all those elegant, beautiful infographics which have graced the pages of countless publications. What’s he doing there?

Huh? He works for Facebook? He’s responsible for the Timeline layout? How is that even possible?

That’s funny – last year we contacted him to discuss commissioning a graph for a project, and he replied, “I very rarely accept marketing or advertising work, and don’t think that this project includes the informative or educational content I require to make an exception.”

What’s that you say? Facebook bought his company Daytum?

Oooohhhhhhh, now I get it!

It’s all perfectly clear.

My local mega supermarket (140,000 sq ft) has designed some aisles to have poles obstructing access to merchandise and blocking the way for shoppers.

What a pain it is to access the incredible greeting card selection…

…or open doors in the refrigerated section without creating a shopping cart traffic jam.

I realize this is a minor inconvenience for most planet dwellers but the amount of unused space under this airplane hangar-scaled ceiling really rubs it in deep.

From up there you get a lovely view of the splendor of goods, necessary and unnecessary. I realize that I shop in an Edward Burtynsky photo.

The book section recommendations say a lot about living in the land of plenty. At this store it’s painful to shop.

I should wait all day for you to save the meshuggenah planet?

If You Care.

The holier-than-thou name of this line of recycled products has always bugged me.

But then I saw that David Cross shared my feelings. And I felt vindicated. Because a funny, smart, famous guy agrees with me.

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